Scripture Reading: Isaiah 61:1–3
Key Verse: Hebrews 12:2
Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
The dominant, swelling theme of the Cross is triumph. The almighty shout of “It is finished” declared the victory of God over the power of sin and the devil.
Make no mistake; Christ fought and won the cosmic battle of the ages on a small patch of Jewish ground. The substitutionary death of Christ atoned for our sins. Jesus Himself canceled and paid our sin debt.
The devil and his demons were likewise crushed by Christ at the cross. Satan’s hold on man was shattered, so that we who place our faith in the Savior are released from his dark domain and transferred into the kingdom of God.
Theologian Lewis Chafer wrote, “Christ clearly won a victory over Satan on the cross. In offering salvation to men, Christ fulfilled what was anticipated in Isaiah 61:1, where He is said to have provided freedom for those who were captives.”
The author of Hebrews exclaimed that Jesus “for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 12:2 nasb).
The anguish of Christ on the cross—the nails, the taunts, the pain, the shame—is part and parcel of eternal conquest.
Be amazed at what God did with hands and feet nailed to a tree.
O God, I am amazed at what You did with hands and feet nailed to a tree. The anguish of Your Son became eternal conquest. Thank You that Satan was defeated at the cross and I am released from his dark domain and transferred into Your kingdom. It is finished!